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7:45 PM ET, October 8, 2010

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Was Bush better president than Obama?  —  (CNN) - Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates …
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Autria Thuman / FoxNews.com:
Bush: Elites “Didn't Think I Could Read a Book, Much Less Write One”  —  In a rare public appearance, former President George W. Bush talked about life out of the limelight and took a jab at what the “elites” might be thinking of his upcoming book.  —  “I have written a book.
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Ezra Klein:
Welcome to the anti-stimulus  —  The good news: The private sector gained 64,000 jobs in September.  The bad news?  The public sector lost 159,000.  And they weren't all census jobs, either.  Local governments fired 76,000 workers.  In other words, this is the first jobs report in recent months that isn't driven by census layoffs.
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Cuts in Government Led U.S. Economy to Lose 95,000 Jobs  —  The economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department reported Friday, with most of the decline the result of the layoffs by local governments and of temporary decennial Census workers.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The End of the Tunnel  —  The Erie Canal.  Hoover Dam.  The Interstate Highway System.  Visionary public projects are part of the American tradition, and have been a major driver of our economic development.  —  And right now, by any rational calculation, would be an especially good time to improve the nation's infrastructure.
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Christie Helped Lose Grant for Schools, Ex-Official Says
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie agrees to reconsider Hudson River tunnel project
David E. Sanger / The Caucus:
Donilon to Replace Jones as National Security Adviser  —  President Obama will announce on Friday that Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Thomas E. Donilon, the principal deputy national security adviser, senior administration officials said.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Why no one will miss Jim Jones, the departing national security adviser.
The Politico:
James Jones never made it to President Obama's inner circle
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
National Security Adviser Resigns
Discussion: National Review
Ezra Klein:
‘This is the biggest fraud in the history of the capital markets’  —  Janet Tavakoli is the founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance Inc. She sounded some of the earliest warnings on the structured finance market, leading the University of Chicago to profile her as a …
Scott Baker / The Blaze:
GLENN BECK REVEALS HE'LL UNDERGO MEDICAL TESTS FOR COMBINATION OF CONDITIONS  —  This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck discussed in more detail some of the physical challenges he's been facing.  Glenn told his audience that he will be taking several days off next week to undergo tests at a hospital “out west.”
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back  —  A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.  The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
Jose Lambiet / Page2Live.com:
Sarah Palin in West Palm Beach: “I'll run for president if the American people want me to!”  —  Former vice-presidential hopeful and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin told a small studio audience during the taping of a Newsmax.com webcast Wednesday in West Palm Beach that she would run for president in 2012 if …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Sarah Palin speaks to electability issue
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Joe Miller Received Medicaid Benefits He Thinks Are Unconstitutional  —  Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller has repeatedly claimed that federal health care benefits violate the Constitution.  It turns out, however, that “Mr. Noun, Verb, and Unconstitutional” doesn't actually think that the Constitution applies to himself.
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Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Florida Double Crist?  —  Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist.  —  TAMPA — Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek …
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
An associate of Jerry Brown calls Meg Whitman a “whore” over pension reform (AUDIO)  —  In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine (audio below), an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Emily's List president: Brown should apologize for staffer's ‘whore’ quip
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Dinesh D'Souza / Washington Post:
Why Barack Obama is an anti-colonialist  —  If you want to understand what is going on in the White House today, you have to begin with Barack Obama.  No, not that Barack Obama.  I mean Barack Obama Sr., the president's father.  Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Republican Clinton Nostalgia
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Leading Nevada Republican endorses Harry Reid  —  Bill Raggio, the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and a leading Silver State Republican, added a major new dimension to the U.S. Senate race there by blasting Sharron Angle for being radical and extreme, and endorsing Sen. Harry Reid (D) for reelection.
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Reid gets top GOP endorsements
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mike / Rortybomb:
Foreclosure Fraud For Dummies, 1: The Chains and the Stakes  —  The current wave of foreclosure fraud and the consequences for the economy are difficult to follow.  As such, I'm going to write a few posts to simplify what is going on so you can follow stories as they unfold.
New York Times:
Nobel Peace Prize Given to Jailed Chinese Dissident  —  BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his activism, has won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “his long and non-violent struggle …
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John / Power Line:
How Dumb Can They Get?  —  The people who run the New York Times, along with columnists like Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd, are so ill-informed and out of touch that their efforts to tell the rest of us what to think grow more pitiful every day.  This is from today's NYT Corrections Section.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dan Alban / The Daily Caller:
The IRS and the latest licensing outrage  —  Who would you rather prepare your taxes?  A professional tax return preparer with over a dozen years experience in preparing tax returns for taxpayers without incident.  Or me, an attorney who has never so much as taken a law school class …
New York Times:
Duke Winces as a Private Joke Slips Out of Control  —  DURHAM, N.C. — For nearly two weeks, many here on the Duke University campus had been aware of a certain senior “thesis” that a recent graduate wrote, apparently as a private joke, about her sexual exploits with 13 student-athletes.
Chris Bowers / Daily Kos:
A different way to make a big difference in 2010  —  As the election approaches, the buzz in Democratic activist circles is the need for GOTV.  If we can turn out the vote, and get the composition of the electorate back to what it was in 2008, then Democrats will win.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GUESS WHO'S VOTING?.... The other day, I had an idea for a short election-related video, so I jotted down a few notes.  Of course, I don't know anything about turning back-of-the-napkin ideas into a finished product, so I took the concept to my friend Bill Simmon, a skilled filmmaker …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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Bloomberg:
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Marist Poll:
10/8: Obama Approval Rating at 43%, but Majority of Voters Confident …
Discussion: The Hill
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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The Politico:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Power Line and Shopfloor
Paul Krugman:
Chronicle of a Slowdown Foretold
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
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NorthJersey.com:
Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Al-Qaeda takes a big hit
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Paladino Meltdown Watch.